A Rustic Modern Cape House


I spotted this adorable 900 square foot Cape Cod house in the Boston Globe Magazine yesterday while perusing the Sunday paper. I love not only the darling size of this retreat, but also the unexpectedly non-beachy style designed by Brad Walker of Ruhl Walker Architects.  Since the owners use it year round, it makes sense to keep the home’s decor a little less expected “summertime casual”.  I LOVE the old beams and historic details mixed with some more modern elements and color palette. Take a peek:

The guest bedroom might be my favorite room. I love the beam and antique door which is emphasized by the grey wall color (find my favorite medium grey wall colors at the bottom of this post!)

They kept the palette the same throughout since the space is small.  This helps open things up and offer a sense of continuity.


A small but rustic kitchen is made slightly sleek by the removal of cabinet doors up top and a coat of dark grey paint.


I love the juxtaposition of the modern ladnscape painting and antique portraits. This wall color really highlights the art as well as the old beams!  Since this is a second home, most of the decor was budget friendly and bought online.


Things get lighter upstairs in the master bedroom where the walls are white but hints of the grey wall color from downstairs are found in the bedding.


Another example of old meets new with a vintage desk and chair paired with a modern light and upholstered headboard.


The couple outside the cottage. So adorable.


Love this look? Here are some suggestions on how to get it:


1. // 2. (slipcovered furniture is so much easier to clean) // 3. (buy an old door like this and install it with barn door hardware to save space!) // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // FAVE GREYS- 9. Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain // 10. Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal // 11. Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20. // 21.

Globe Magazine photos by Dan Cutrona.

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